Dear patient readers,
I’ve been beavering away on some longer-term digging that may or may not lead to posts. Sometimes leads are dead ends or low yield in terms of number of posts relative to time invested. So please be forgiving!
And I hope those of you in the East got through the storm OK. It was overhyped in NYC. Eight inches of snow and some wind and chilly weather after that is not a cause for freakout. How hard is it to dress sensibly and not go outdoors overmuch? If you are going to worry, worry about vulnerable groups like the homeless and stay at homes like old people who would find the bad footing and cold to be a serious problem.
In the 1980s through the early 1990s, we’d have at least one one to three day cold snap where the daily high was lower than five degrees. That is markedly worse than our forecast. But the storm surge in Boston was nasty, and some areas got fierce winds.
Cats’ New Year resolutions already broken Daily Mash
As of today, no US airlines operate the mighty Boeing 747 ars technica. I love 747s.
Don Pesci: New research shows Connecticut signed Bill Of Rights in 1790 The Register Citizen. UserFriendly:
Stumbled across this nugget. Apparently the House should have 1 rep for every 50k people but doesn’t because CT made a clerical error in 1790 (discovered in 2011) and now just needs action from the archivist of the US or a senator from CT. I wonder if a little publicity might help.
Brazil announces end to Amazon mega-dam building policy Momgabay (martha r)
Winter Storm Causes Major Flooding in Boston Harbor Daily Beast (furzy)
Light quake shakes San Francisco; no immediate damage reported Reuters. EM: “I was in bed watching late-nite TV, thought it was my upstairs neighbor falling out of bed – because I think he did when the quake hit.”
Experts say software ‘patches’ may remedy security flaw Financial Times. This is such a big deal that it means a minimum 5% performance hit and up to 30% depending on the process. While it might be possible to optimize it later, that is all up in the air.
— Kenn White (@kennwhite) January 5, 2018
Drinking alcohol causes cancer by ‘damaging DNA’ Independent (David L)
There is a Whole Cottage Industry of Doctors Helping Parents Skip Their Kids’ Vaccines – Mother Jones. Wait till one of them gets tetaus.
The US is preparing for a trade war with China – don’t be fooled by the noise South China Morning Post (George P)
Waning US: Germany Must Learn To Take Responsibility Der Spiegel (resilc)
The incredible shrinking Britain Politico (AFXH)
Labour members reject leadership on second Brexit vote: poll Politico. ” 78 percent of the Labour grassroots either agree or strongly agree with having a second vote — something Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out.”
Britain has made itself a Brexit straitjacket Financial Times. Familiar ground for NC readers, but this sort of thing is overdue from the British press.
Trump on Saudi Leadership Shake-up: “We’ve Put Our Man on Top!” Intercept (resilc)
The drug that is starving Yemen Economist (UserFriendly)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m The Register. Lambert: “Imperial collapse watch.”
The acting ICE director said politicians who run ‘sanctuary cities’ should be charged with crimes Business Insider. Contrast this with the Washington State AG suing Motel 6 for turning information on guests over to ICE wholesale without probable cause or a search a warrant.
Read Trump lawyer’s letter to Michael Wolff and Steve Rubin Washington Post. Wowsers, this will just increase sales.
Trump vs. Bannon The Week (Scott)
Breitbart Owners Mull Ousting Bannon Amid Trump Feud Wall Street Journal
BANNON IS OUT at Breitbart News, according to cryptic Drudge tweet… The Right News (margarita)
The Trump administration’s war on pot is an opportunity for Democrats. New Republic (resilc). I am at a loss to understand what the demon weed hysteria is about.
Trump proposes vast expansion of offshore drilling Science (Kevin W)
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his appearance at CES because of death threats Recode. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Democratic Party Obsession With Neo-Liberal Deficits Have Been Financing GOP Upward Redistribution DownWithTyranny!(UserFriendly)
Fighting Fake News is Not the Solution New Yorker. FluffytheObeseCat:
Shockingly pearl-clutching-free article in the New Yorker. Masha Gessen makes good sense, but judging from the surrounding articles the magazine’s other contributors and editors don’t share her high regard for the public. Other than in her piece, the wailing and elegant gnashing of teeth continues apace.
Peter Thiel Is Reportedly Exploring Launching Conservative News Outlet Bloomberg (UserFriendly). As if we are suffering from a shortage of them…
Appeals Court: Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Aimed At Suppressing Journalism Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
Vermont House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Seven Days Vermont (resilc)
NTSB hasn’t interviewed engineer in fatal Amtrak derailment south of Tacoma Seattle Times (Chris M)
FDIC win against PwC could finally force auditors to look for fraud MarketWatch (resilc)
The Tax Law Hits Manhattan Home Sales Bloomberg
Dow Climbs, but Individuals Aren’t Buying It Wall Street Journal
The Banks with the Most Consumer Complaints: A Dive into CFPB’s Database Wolf Street (Dr. Kevin)
Travis Kalanick to sell part of his Uber shares for first time Financial Times
Americans are poorer than in decades Axios (resilc)
Antidote du jour. KPF: “This gorgeous crab was hanging out in a mangrove swamp at the Oslo Road conservation area in Vero Beach Florida. It’s a high-resolution photo and the detail when you blow it up is fascinating.”
And an anti-antidote, of course from Richard Smith:
A baby Echidna is called a puggle.
(Image: Perth Zoo) pic.twitter.com/dWKrrg67gb
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) January 4, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.